84 posts categorized "Butter"

Seafood Ravioli with Brown Butter Caper Sauce

In Butter, Cheese, Eggs, Lemon, Lobster, Main Course, Pasta, Recipe, Ricotta, Shrimp
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  Macro - Blog 3832

 

How many of you have ever made your own pasta? 

I know it can seem a bit daunting, and with high-quality dried and fresh pastas available everywhere these days, many of us can't be bothered with making it from scratch.  But can I tell you something?  Once you experience the ritual of making your own and then taste how clearly superior it is to ANY store bought brand, you'll be a pasta maker for life.

 

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Rum Balls

In Butter, Chocolate, Coconut, Nuts, Snacks, Walnut
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  Balls with coffee - Blog 3792

 

I made a bunch of these little darlings early in the holiday season and kept them in my fridge as a little sweet insurance in the event of impromptu visitors.  That's one of the things I love about the holiday season, people just popping by for a cup (or four) of cheer, perhaps dropping by some treats, but usually just pausing for a bit to say hi and "where the hell did that year go?".

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Bananas Foster Bread Pudding

In Banana, Bread, Butter, Cream, Custards / Puddings, Dessert, Eggs, Fruit, Milk, Recipe, Sauces / Condiments
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Pudding with sauce on ice - Blog 3788
 

Now that most people's New Year's resolutions about eating healthier and shelling out for a gym membership have been summarily dismissed, how about we get back to some fun, sugar and fat fueled cooking.  I made this little number as a dessert over the holidays - just about mid-binge - and it was a solid hit with everyone at the table.  The meal we had just enjoyed was similarly rich (in good holiday form) so I was a little concerned that talk of dessert would be met with moans and pleading from the table that no one could stand to eat another bite.

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Buche de Noel - Repost

In Butter, Cake, Chocolate, Dessert, French, Recipe
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I don't have a lot of time today, but did want to wish everyone out there a joyous holiday season!  As another year wraps to a close, we at Oui, Chef are grateful for the friends we've made here, and look forward to cooking more great food with you in the new year.

This buche de noel is one that Jackson and I whipped up a few years back, and was enjoyed after our Christmas Eve dinner.  It is a combination of a few different recipes we found, inspiring a whole new holiday treat.  It has a chocolate genoise cake layer, a filling of white chocolate mousse, and a coffee buttercream frosting....a few meringue mushrooms for decoration and you have a festive dessert worthy of any holiday table.  

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Peanut Butter TKOs

In Butter, Chefs, Chocolate, Cookies - Bars, Dessert, Peanut Butter, Recipe
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When I was but a wee lad my favorite store-bought snacks were Oreos (and this was long before any of that Double-Stuff business), and Drake’s Funny Bones. While Oreos in a multitude of varieties are still with us, sadly, Drake’s the makers of Yodels, Ring Dings, and Devil Dogs stopped producing my childhood addiction years ago. Everyone knows what an Oreo is, but for those who’ve never heard of Funny Bones, they were sort of like a chocolate Twinkie that had been filled with peanut butter cream, then dipped in melted milk chocolate.

To be honest, if I had one now I’d probably gag on it due to its overt sweetness and weak, milk chocolate flavor (I am decidedly a dark chocolate kinda guy), but as I kid….I gotta tell you, they were the bomb!

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Double Chocolate and Mint Cookies

In Butter, Chefs, Chocolate, Cookies - Bars, Eggs, Mint, Recipe, Snacks
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  9 cookies - Blog 3786

 

Alas we have come to the third and final cookie I made for this year's holiday swap, and I'll have you know that this one was the clear winner among all voters under the age of 20 in my giving universe.  My original plan was to make a peanut butter filled version of Thomas Keller's TKO's (his version of an oreo) as the 3rd cookie in my trio, but when I saw these little monsters posted by my friend, Sally, on her terrific food blog Bewitching Kitchen.  One look at her post and  I knew that these would be a hands-down winner with the kids, while also being a bit more holiday-ish in feel.  In addition, I figured they'd survive shipping better than the relatively fragile TKO sandwich cookie.

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Apricot Rugelach

In Butter, Cheese, Cookbooks, Cookies - Bars, Dessert, Fruit, Nuts, Recipe
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Today I present to you MY second favorite cookie of the three I made this year to satisfy the requirements of our family holiday cookie swap.  I emphasise the MY in the prior sentence, because by most accounts the cookie I will be sharing next, a mint-chocolate offering, was the runaway winner of the popularity contest this year; but as I've stated here before, my being one of the very few folks on the planet not enamored of the combo of chocolate and mint, those cookies fell to a distant third place in my personal ranking of this year's cookies.

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Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

In Butter, Chefs, Cookbooks, Cookies - Bars, Nuts, Recipe
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  Dozen cookies 2 - Blog 3777

 

It's time once again to share some of the sweet holiday treats that I baked up for what is now our 3rd Annual Dunn Sibling Holiday Cookie Swap.  Per my brother's recommendation a couple years back, he and I and our sister (along with a few other select invitees) have exchanged holiday cookies to commemorate the season now that we've all reached the point in our lives where we need absolutely NOTHING in the way of traditional Christmas gifts, and our kids, poor deprived things, have so much that they can no longer even generate a Christmas wish list, let alone come up with a request for things they may actually need.

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Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles

In Butter, Candy, Chocolate, Cream
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Not to sound like too much of a snob, but THIS is what chocolate truffles should look like.

Not that I really have anything against the perfectly round and smooth confections that most commercial chocolatiers (even very high-end ones) sell as truffles, as many of them can be quite excellent.

But for me, truffles should look like the gnarly little fungi that inspired their name, and not something so perfectly formed that they look like they were machine made.  There....I'll step down off of my soapbox now.

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Spicy Cheddar Shortbread Cookies

In Butter, Cheddar, Cheese, Cookies - Bars, Eggs, Recipe
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Stacked shortbreads - Blog 3766

 

I came across this recipe from Mark Bittman while searching my files for a little nibble to keep on-hand for visitors over the Thanksgiving holiday.  These are super easy to make and addictively tasty....like Cheez-its on steroids.

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